L. BARNETT EVANS
Skye Writing Enterprises, LLC





TAKE MY HAND:  A Blues Man's Path to Gospel

Out of over 100 submissions, TAKE MY HAND was picked for a reading at the prestigious Readers' Theatre of New Works.  The reading provides feedback to playwrights about their work.  The festival is attended by over 60,000 people each year and attracts theatre goers and celebreties as well.
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It's 1932 and Thomas Dorsey, a self-taught pianist, is well on his way to being one of the most prolific blues talents in blues history. He also had a vision for
marrying church music with blues rhythms—it was called gospel. Pressured to choose between the blues he loves and the music he wants to change, what
should he do and what price will he pay to find the answer?

 
Director, Deborah Asante (second from right) with reading cast.
An audience member relates how he was affected by the play.
 2017 National Black Theatre Festival celebrates the ending ceremony with a parade of playwrights through downtown Winston-Salem.